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Soldier Fly

An end-of-season soldier fly, Sargus bipunctatus (Diptera: Stratiomyidae).  The orange patch at the front of the abdomen indicates that this is a female; the males don't have it.  Named bipunctatus because of the two white spots between its eyes.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-09-24.

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